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Sun, May 20, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 20, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Tai Chi in the Park
Workshop |
Join 20-minute instructional paddles, and explore the Hudson River first-hand. Please wear a bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt, and know how to swim. Weather permitting. Kayaks and life vests provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Kayaking on the Hudson
Hike |
Over the George Washington Bridge, into the woods on top of the Palisades. Walk down 400 stone steps to the Hudson shore and then north 6-8 miles. No New Yorker should die without having walked over the GWB. Spectacular views and fresh air. See colored map of the BTB trail at www.shorewalkers.org. Wear hiking shoes, hat. Bring water, food, binoculars. Bad weather cancel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$3 plus bus
Fair |
This annual five block Street/Art Fair features a wide range of collectible and functional art presented directly for sale to the public. Only originals and limited-edition works are allowed. Enjoy a craft demonstration or two. Acoustic music enhances your stroll down an iconic street.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Street Fair
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   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Street Fair
City Walk |
Tour the Hispanic Society museum, Trinity Church Cemetery, and Morris Jumel Mansion. After touring the museum, walk across the street and tour Trinity Church cemetery, final resting place of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Clement Clarke Moore, among others, with great views of the Hudson River and GWB. Next walk east on 155th Street to Edgecombe Avenue and then north along High Bridge Park and the Harlem River to the Morris Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan and George Washington's headquarters during the American Revolution. Total walking distance is about one mile; most of the walk will be touring the three sites.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$3
City Walk |
Take a historical three-hour journey through the Lower East Side and explore some of the rich history tracing the arrival of immigrants to modern times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Historic Orchard Street Tour
City Walk |
Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Flatiron District Walking Tour
Festival |
A free, multicultural family-oriented festival, Drums Along the Hudson includes exhibitions of world dance and drumming traditions as well as Native American crafts and international foods. The festival combines a celebration of Native American heritage, culture, and art with the diversity of New York City itself. In keeping with the underlying theme of environmental appreciation and education, Drums Along the Hudson will continue to feature an Environmental Tent which will include appearances by Captain Planet.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Performance |
In an original work of imagination unleashed by the magic of children’s books, five-time Tony Award nominee Elizabeth Swados presents Jewish Books Cooking in premiere performances. Based on 13 Jewish-themed children’s books selected by Ms. Swados herself – including Afikomen Mambo, The Klezmer Bunch, and Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher - the production peppers theatrical interpretations of each story with newly composed music and arrangements. Applying a Jewish storytelling twist to her renowned Books Cook! – earning rave reviews during its Atlantic Theater Company run in 2010 – Ms. Swados aims the new production to young children and families who treasure the power of the book to link generations and free minds, young and old, to wander and imagine. Start times at 11:00am and 1:00pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Park Walk |
Over streams, under arches, through the woods along a maze of pathways in a 38-acre woodland respite. Tour will be approximately one hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, “Amble Through the Ramble” Tour
City Walk |
Highlights: City College campus, Alexander Hamitlon's Home called "The Grange," Strivers Row, The Abyssinian Baptist Church, St. Luke's Church.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$15; $5 for
Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$6
Tours, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Cathedral Tour
Festival |
Moms Rock! Celebrate mothers and the people who love them at our annual music and art-filled afternoon featuring mom bands, an especially fabulous lady emcee, as well as a Gymboree Play Tent, arts & crafts, eco-environmental information, food, vendors, interactive fun, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concert |
MARTHA YATES LINDE plays works of Machaut, Bach, Haydn, Chopin, and Khachaturian.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Piano Works by Bach, Haydn and Chopin

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Film |
With Will Smith. Robert Neville is a scientist who could not have fathomed the terrible virus that decimated everyone on the planet except him. He is the only survivor trying to outlast the mutated victims of the plague who have become blood-thirsty creatures. He sends out daily radio messages in a desperate plea to find any other survivors as he works on a cure for the plague using his own immune blood in this thriller. 101 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Park Walk |
Walk through a scenic area on the western edge of the Park, much of which is off the beaten track for most visitors. See rolling meadows, lake views, bridges of different styles, and a garden with flowers and plants mentioned by Shakespeare.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, West Side Stories Tour
Concert |
Harwood Management Vocal Artists will perform a concert of songs from their favorite Broadway Musicals.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concert |
Program: Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 The Greenwich Village Orchestra, founded by local musicians in 1986, is a neighborhood orchestra. They have captivated audiences and critics alike with world-class soloists and emotionally charged concerts for 25 years. Guest conductor Yaniv Segal. Meet the musicians afterward at a free reception (food & beverages provided).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$15 suggested donation;

Regular: $25
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Regular: $49.50
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Regular: $86
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Featuring Diana Rosano accompanied by Humberto Flores. Diana Rosano’s academic musical studies were undertaken at Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Michoacan and Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico City. She worked as part of the Bellas Artes chorus for 7 years and has performed in multidisciplinary recitals, concerts and shows in different states in Mexico, New York and London. Humberto Flores is the winner of the 2008 Euro Latin Award. He is considered one of the most accomplished Mexican musicians of his generation due to his extensive musical exposure and training both in Mexico and abroad. Also featuring: Mexican roots outfit Jarana Beat fuses elements of Mexico’s African and Amerindian traditions with salsa, cumbia, and other contemporary music in its present-day take on folkloric music. They will share with us huapangos from the huasteca region of Puebla, Mexico. A reception with art by Poblano artists and food will close the event.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concert |
The program features the great repertoire of the Organ on the 101 rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor & Boody Organ Builders.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Sunday Afternoon Organ Meditation
Concert |
With Jessica Sibelman and the New York Chamber Virtuosi.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Chamber Works by Brahms and Beethoven

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Film |
An award-winning comedy based on a true story of friendship between a paraplegic millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker, The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, have nothing in common. 112 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$5
Concert |
James Metzler is from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Free
Theater |
A gospel musician's faith is tested when he meets a famous singer who believes everlasting life is a cruel hoax perpetuated by God himself. It's takes a little girl to change their lives forever. Stars: Gregory Charles Royal (Duke Ellington Orchestra; Broadway Hit Five Guys Named Moe); Ken "Skillet" Crutchfield (Broadway Hit Ain't Misbehavin); Robbie Love from Los Angeles (Howard Hewitt,Keb' Mo); John B. Ross (Mama I Want To Sing). Introducing Zari Veres Royal. Directed by Terry Ballard.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$5 suggested donation
Staged Reading |
This series presents sit-down readings of new and revisited scripts, generally followed by a moderated dramaturgical discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Free
Concert |
Rapp is Director of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
Come revel in the fun, supportive vibe as we celebrate the indie improv community of NYC and beyond! Each week, two kick-ass indie teams dominate the stage, followed by the fast-paced, down-and-dirty moves of hosts Student Driver.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Comedy: Student Driver: Indie Road

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Theater |
A free performances by Random Access Theater's interpretation of Twelfth Night.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concert |
The voice and guitar ensemble Duo Cantabile (Lauri Aguirre, Soprano, and Mariano Aguirre, Classical Guitar) has been charming audiences since its inception in 2002. They have received great accolades for their spirited and heart-felt performances spanning repertoire from Renaissance to Folk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
A new Sunday open mic. Names are written, put in the bucket, then picked at random. Comics get 4 minutes. And the next week it happens again. It’s kinda like… a Vicious Cycle. Hosted by Molly Austin and Mike Brown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 20, 2012, 05/20/2012, Comedy: Vicious Cycle
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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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Concert | Eclectic holiday concert

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